Preventing Shaving Rash Quiz

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About This Quiz

Shaving rash, also known as shaving bumps, can be a pesky problem. Learn how to prevent shaving rash with our quiz.

What's another term for shaving rash?

Shaving rash can sometimes be called shaving bumps, or it can be referred to by its scientific name, pseudofolliculitis barbae.

Which common skin condition is often mistaken for shaving rash?

Razor burn is a similar but milder condition than shaving rash. It can occur due to a dull razor, insufficient use of moisturizer or a shaving lubricant, or sweat and chemicals getting into tiny nicks.

What is the primary cause of shaving rash?

Shaving rash occurs when recently shaved hair grows back into the skin, becoming an ingrown hair.

To help prevent shaving rash, what's a good thing to do before shaving?

A warm shower is ideal because the steam will soften the skin and the hair, making the hair less likely to curl back and create ingrown hairs. Never shave completely dry skin.

What is another advantage of using warm water when shaving?

Warm water makes hairs stand up, which makes shaving easier.

Which direction should you shave your hair to help prevent shaving rash?

The best technique to follow when shaving is to move the razor in the same direction your hairs are growing, and not against the grain.

What popular style of shaving can make you more susceptible to rash?

Avoid close shaves and any shaving system that cuts the hair beneath the surface of the skin by lifting or pulling the hair as it's being cut. Hairs cut below the opening of the follicle can easily become ingrown. On the other hand, electric razors don't create as close a shave as regular razors and may be ideal for keeping a rash at bay. Scissors trim hair, not shave it.

Which type of razor are you more likely to cut yourself with?

When a razor dulls, its edge becomes slightly rounded, and tiny, imperceptible chips may form along that edge. This can lead to more cuts, and a greater likelihood of shaving rash.

What is a great way to correct shaving rash that doesn't involve razors?

If you have a bad shaving rash and are able to avoid shaving for a few weeks, most ingrown hairs will eventually free themselves.

If shaving rash is not prevented or treated, what can occur?

If left unchecked, shaving rash can result in discoloration that can last for months, and in severe cases, it may cause permanent scarring.

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